‘Get Hard’ is the perfect guilty pleasure

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With the controversy surrounding Get Hard for its homophobic rape jokes and insensitive portrayal of stereotypes, the movie was bound to be put down as a ‘loss’ in the box office. Although I understand why people are upset over this film, I couldn’t help but to laugh many times throughout this movie. The movie title itself should be an indicator that it’s going to be comically offensive – playing on the prison stereotype and the sexual innuendo of the term “Get Hard”.

Comedians Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are actually a good team together. Both are extremely talented in their own right, and the idea of pairing them together was just genius. Playing on the each others’ energy, the film kept its comical edge throughout the entire film. Ferrell plays James King, a stereotypical Wall Street kind of guy who thinks very highly of himself and his success. He is falsely accused of fraud and sentenced to 10 years in a maximum facility in San Quentin. He recruits company car wash owner Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), assuming he went to prison because he is black, to train him for prison.

The typical but hilarious situation occurs where we see Darnell put James through prison ‘boot camp’. After dealing with penises and being stabbed in the head with a knife, James begins to form a real friendship with Darnell. Feeling guilty for the lies, Darnell tries to have gangs protect James while in prison. T.I. plays Darnell’s cousin whom has gone to prison and is part of the Crenshaw Kings. T.I. was hilarious in this role by the way. Later on we deal with Aryan gangs, corrupt colleagues, and flat white girl butt; it all works out in the end for James and Darnell, with the real bad guys going to jail.

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There were many different kinds of comical moments in the film – innocent (the mention of the Boyz in the Hood), crude (Ferrell’s butt against the glass door), hilarious (when the gay man was hitting on Darnell and then later becoming friends), and downright just-plain-dirty (yes, a penis). All these elements made for a successful Will Ferrell/Adam McKay (and now Kevin Hart) film. It plays on multiple stereotypes for many different things like race, sexuality, and prison culture. Mark Hughes of Forbes wrote a piece that provided me with more clarity of what the film is trying to express, and it’s not about the rape culture, homosexuality, or race wars. This is about a man’s – particularly a one-percenter white man – ultimately losing his power and his ability to control the situation. It allowed me to put things more into perspective and not feel guilty for laughing throughout the entire film. Because let’s face it, I did laugh throughout the whole movie.

Overall, the film was not meant to be taken seriously, because it’s a Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy. They seem to be comedy’s newest power couple, onscreen and off. Hart shines as a comedic actor in this film – maybe even outshining Ferrell at some parts. While Ferrell plays the stereotypical douchebag who redeems himself, Hart is able to portray a normal guy who just happens to be funny. T.I., known usually for his music and his serious acting roles, surprised me with his perfect comedic timing and his chemistry with Ferrell’s ‘Mayo’ (that sounds inappropriate, but you’ll get it when you watch the film). Ferrell and Hart have proven to me that I would like to see them work together again; they have so much comedic chemistry with each other and I want to see more.

It does need to be said though that this movie is definitely not an award winner, but it did what it intended to do -which was make me laugh.

Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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